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Jacking Up Your Vehicle
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Jacking Up Your Vehicle

Nick Czerula

Time:

30 minutes30 mins

Tab:

$0 to $50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Floor jack, jack stands, wheel chocks

Applicable Models:

BMW Z4 Convertible (2003-06)
BMW Z4 Coupe (2006)

Parts Required:

Jack pads, if needed

Hot Tip:

Work on a solid level surface

Performance Gain:

Ability to service components beneath vehicle

Complementary Modification:

Replace missing or broken jack pads

Repairing your own vehicle may be a satisfying way of learning about it and may also save you considerable money. When engaging in automotive repairs, learn certain basic procedures and safety protocols in order to be able to complete the repair tasks safely and efficiently. Among the routine safety procedures to learn are:

Shutting off the engine and removing the ignition key so that no one can accidentally start the vehicle while you are working on it.

Disconnecting the battery and insulating the battery cables so that they cannot accidentally reconnect to the battery. I explain this in a separate tech article on battery replacement

Lifting the vehicle safely using a jack and jack stands. That is the topic I cover in this article.

Jacking up and supporting your BMW Z4 off the ground is required for many maintenance and repair tasks. A common but not so difficult job, it still creates a bit of anxiousness in the mind of the experienced mechanic as well as the amateur. A repeatable process with safety in mind can ease the nerves. For example, always work on level solid ground, use tools you trust and never rush the job. Remember to block the wheels to prevent unwanted vehicle movement. Use a good quality jack and jack stands and don't be afraid to add an additional jack stand or support under the vehicle.

Remember that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

When jacking up the front of your vehicle, place the transmission in Park and apply parking brake, along with blocking the wheels with a chock. When jacking up the rear of your vehicle, you do not have the transmission or parking brake to hold the rear wheels still. Use wheel chocks on right and left front wheels, (in front and behind tire).

To jack vehicle, park vehicle on level solid ground. If removing a wheel, loosen wheel studs before jacking vehicle. Install wheel chocks to block wheels that are not being jacked. This will help to keep vehicle from unexpectedly rolling. Do not assume the parking brake or transmission will hold vehicle, wheel chocks are a must.

BMW Z4 models have 4 solid plastic jacking pads, slightly behind front wheels and slightly in front of rear wheels (red arrows).
Figure 1

BMW Z4 models have 4 solid plastic jacking pads, slightly behind front wheels and slightly in front of rear wheels (red arrows). The jack pads are designed to support the vehicle from below when using a hoist, hydraulic jack, or when changing a tire in an emergency situation. This is where you will place a jack stand to support vehicle when working with vehicle raised.

If a jack pad is missing, replace it before jacking vehicle, otherwise body damage can occur.
Figure 2

If a jack pad is missing, replace it before jacking vehicle, otherwise body damage can occur. This photo shows a good jack pad. To replace, remove the center rivet (red arrow), then gently lever the jack pad out of the body (blue arrow) reverse steps to install a new one.

Front: When using a hydraulic floor jack to lift the front of the vehicle, place the hydraulic floor jack under the round subframe support (red arrow).
Figure 3

Front: When using a hydraulic floor jack to lift the front of the vehicle, place the hydraulic floor jack under the round subframe support (red arrow).

Front: Raise the vehicle slowly while monitoring the jack (red arrow) and vehicle position.
Figure 4

Front: Raise the vehicle slowly while monitoring the jack (red arrow) and vehicle position.

Front: Once you reach the desired height, install the jack stands (red arrows) at the proper jack pad locations to support the vehicle.
Figure 5

Front: Once you reach the desired height, install the jack stands (red arrows) at the proper jack pad locations to support the vehicle. Slowly lower the vehicle onto the jack stands until the full vehicle weight is supported. Leave the jack in place (blue arrow) for added support, gently resting on the jacking point. Check that the jack stand is not tilting or moving when the vehicle is lowered. When lowering your vehicle, raise it off the jack stands. Remove the jack stands from beneath the vehicle and slowly lower the vehicle to the ground. Make sure all tools and parts are clear before lowering your vehicle.

Rear: When using a hydraulic floor jack to lift the rear of the vehicle, place the hydraulic floor jack under the rear body support brace attaching point (red arrows).
Figure 6

Rear: When using a hydraulic floor jack to lift the rear of the vehicle, place the hydraulic floor jack under the rear body support brace attaching point (red arrows).

Rear: Raise the vehicle slowly while monitoring the jack (red arrow) and vehicle position.
Figure 7

Rear: Raise the vehicle slowly while monitoring the jack (red arrow) and vehicle position.

Rear: Once you reach the desired height, install the jack stands (red arrows) at the proper jack pad locations to support the vehicle.
Figure 8

Rear: Once you reach the desired height, install the jack stands (red arrows) at the proper jack pad locations to support the vehicle. Slowly lower the vehicle onto the jack stands until full the vehicle weight is supported. Leave the jack in place (blue arrow) for added support, gently resting on the jacking point. Check that the jack stand is not tilting or moving when the vehicle is lowered. When lowering your vehicle, raise it off the jack stands. Remove the jack stands from beneath the vehicle and slowly lower the vehicle to the ground. Make sure all tools and parts are clear before lowering your vehicle.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Ray Comments: The jack pad is for the side jack points of the Z4. I just wonder if it would also work for the front center spot.
November 16, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Not sure. You can check with the manufacturer of the pad. I don't want to make any assumptions. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ray Comments: There is no hole in the center.

Would it be safe to jack up from this spot if I put https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012LRYO10/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1 on the jack pad so that the rectangular section lifted from the indented section circled in red?
November 13, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Maybe. I would contact the manufacturer of the tool. I am not sure if it is made to work with the Z4. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ray Comments: The indent is smooth, so I see no way anything could attach there. Possibly something would need to go on the Jack to fit in the recess?
October 30, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I see a hole in the center. - Nick at Pelican Parts  
Ray Comments: See photo
October 20, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Your vehicle is missing a jack pad that should be in that recess. Do not jack without it. Give The Pelican Parts parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. They can figure out what part or repair kit you need.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Ray Comments: My 2006 Z4 does not have a round rubber jack point at the front as shown in figure 3. It has a indented rectangular spot in the same location. Is that a lift point and do I need to use something to fit into that indent?
October 19, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I would need to see a photo of the pint you are referring to. Then I can be sure. - Nick at Pelican Parts  

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